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2015-2016 Regular Session

TWENTY-FIRST MEETING - Job Growth and Energy Affordability Policy and Finance

March 17, 2015

STATE OF MINNESOTA TWENTY-FIRST MEETING
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EIGHTY-NINTH SESSION

JOB GROWTH & ENERGY AFFORDABILITY
POLICY & FINANCE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair of the Job Growth & Energy Affordability Policy & Finance Committee, called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Room 10 of the State Office Building.

The Committee Legislative Assistant noted the roll.

Members present:

GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
CLARK, Karen
FABIAN, Dan
GUNTHER, Bob
HORTMAN, Melissa
ISAACSON, Jason
JOHNSON, Sheldon
LOONAN, Bob
MAHONEY, Tim
METSA, Jason
NEWBERGER, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
SCOTT, Peggy
SIMONSON, Erik
SMITH, Dennis
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
VOGEL, Bob
WAGENIUS, Jean


Representative Garofalo called the meeting to order at 5:00 P.M. A quorum was present.

Representative Simonson moved to approve the minutes from the previous hearing. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1837 (Hamilton) Revolving loan fund and Little Africa virtual marketing and branding network funding provided, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Hamilton; Gene Geisein, African Economic Development Solutions; Dr. Bruce Connie, Concordia University; testified on HF1837, as introduced.

HF368 (Hilstrom) Debt buyers regulated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Hilstrom testified on HF368, as introduced.

HF1478 (Garofalo) Metropolitan area sales tax.

Representative Garofalo; Nancy Haas, Counties Transit Improvement Board; testified on HF1478, as introduced.

Representative Garofalo moved to lay HF1478 on the table at 5:19 P.M. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Garofalo moved to resume discussion of HF1478 at 5:37 P.M. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Garofalo moved that HF1478 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Committee on Transportation Policy and Finance. Representative Hortman requested a roll call vote. The results were as follows:

AYES:

GAROFALO, Pat
BAKER, Dave
FABIAN, Dan
GUNTHER, Bob
ISAACSON, Jason
LOONAN, Bob
NEWBERGER, Jim
O’NEILL, Marion
SCOTT, Peggy
SMITH, Dennis
SWEDZINSKI, Chris
VOGEL, Bob

NAYS:

HORTMAN, Melissa
JOHNSON, Sheldon
SIMONSON, Erik
WAGENIUS, Jean

EXCUSED:

CLARK, Karen
MAHONEY, Tim
METSA, Jason

On a vote of 12 AYES and 4 NAYS THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1378 (Lucero) Market accelerator lab funding authorized. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Garofalo moved the DE2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Lucero; Rich Szydlowski and Joe Sullivan, Center for Energy and Environment; testified on HF1378, as introduced.

HF1186 (Lueck) Mining companies exempted from electrical licensing. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Lueck; Peter Coyle, Larkin Hoffman; Bill Heaney, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; Gary Thaden, National Contractors Association; Bill Strusinski, Minnesota Electrical Association; testified on HF1186, 1st engrossment.

HF1199 (Pierson) Residential asleep-overnight staff base wage increased, ICF/DD payment rates increased to defray costs resulting from minimum wage increases.

Representative Pierson testified on HF1199, as introduced.

Representative Swedzinski moved that HF1199 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the Health and Human Services Finance Committee. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF323 (Howe) Wages and payroll payment and payroll deductions modified.

Representative Garofalo moved the A2 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Howe testified on HF323, 1st engrossment.

Representative Simonson moved that HF323 be recommended to pass and be re-referred to the General Register. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

HF1175 (Mahoney) Brownfield remediation loans and grants modified, and money appropriated. The bill was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

Representative Mahoney moved the DE3 amendment. THE MOTION PREVAILED.

Representative Mahoney testified on HF1175, 1st engrossment.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:18 P.M.




Representative Pat Garofalo, Chair




Jonathan Fortner, Committee Legislative Assistant
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Agenda:

Additional bills may be added to the agenda.

Bills Added:
  • HF323 (Howe) - Wages and payroll payment and payroll deductions modified.
  • HF1186 (Lueck) - Mining companies exempted from electrical licensing.
  • HF1199 (Pierson) - Residential asleep-overnight staff base wage increased, ICF/DD payment rates increased to defray costs resulting from minimum wage increases.
  • HF368 (Hilstrom) - Debt buyers regulated.
  • HF1378 (Lucero) - Market accelerator lab funding authorized.
  • HF1478 (Garofalo) - Metropolitan area sales tax base modified.
  • HF1837 (Hamilton) - Little Africa virtual marketing and branding network revolving loan funding provided, and money appropriated.
  • HF1175 (Mahoney) - Brownfield remediation loans and grants modified, and money appropriated.
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